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SM0143: The Nightingale

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The Nightingale
Deborah Henson-Conant

The Nightingale (for harp and voice - beginning to advanced players) is Deborah's most requested song. The book contains three versions for Solo harp (lever or pedal) and four versions for harp and voice.

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Simplified Versions of The Nightingale:
1. Solo Harp in G (Very Simple Instrumental)
2. Solo Harp in G (Instrumental)
3. Voice & Solo Harp in G (Mezzo/Alto)
4. Voice & Solo Harp in C (Soprano/Tenor)
Intermediate Versions of The Nightingale:
5. Solo Harp in G (Intermediate Version)
6. Voice & Harp in G (Mezzo/Alto)
7. Voice & Harp in C (Soprano/Tenor)

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Deborah Henson-Conant profile page with index of recordings and compositions

Sound Sample

Sound clip from the CD Altered Ego

Sample Pages

Sample music


I HAVE INCLUDED 7 VERSIONS OF THIS TUNE, from very simple to intermediate, including 3 versions for solo harp and 4 versions for harp & voice. I hope this should make it possible for anyone to enjoy learning and performing this tune, whether they are beginners who love to sing or advanced players who want to perform it solo.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN VOCAL VERSIONS: The vocal parts are intended to be the same whether you are playing the simplified version or the intermediate version. The harp parts in the two simplified vocal versions (#3 & #4) are exactly the same — they are just in different keys, to accommodate different singing ranges. The same is true of the intermediate vocal versions (#6 & #7), which are nearly the same (I made some changes in the coda only because of prob lems with the playing ranges).

INTRODUCTIONS: I play many different introductions, so each version may have a slightly different introduction. You can "mix and match" them if you like — just photocopy the introduction you like and tape it onto the rest of the version you're playing.

RECORDINGS: There are currently three recordings of the tune available:
A vocal version in G on "Altered Ego"
An instrumental version in Ab on the CD "Harpestry" on Imaginary Roads Records
A vocal version in Ab with Orchestra in "Invention & Alchemy"

PLEASE NOTE that I play the tune differently every time I perform it, so this written music will always vary somewhat from what you hear on any recording or in a performance.


Library Information

Title The Nightingale
Composer Deborah Henson-Conant
Instrumentation: Pedal or Lever Harp / Instrumental or song
Level 7 versions included Advanced beginner to Advanced / Instrumental / Song and in various keys
Printed Parts: US Letter - stapled
Pages: 44
Weight: 149g
Our Ref: SM0143
ISMN: 979-0-57046-125-7
Publisher: Golden Cage
Printer/Distributor: Creighton's Collection
Edition/Year: 1995
Origin: USA - Printed UK